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swoopfly

Skyhook problems with baglocks

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Hi

 

     I’ve had an issue with skyhook getting stuck with baglock malfunction. Essentially just keeping the baglock attached to you. Thought it was just really bad luck until I came across some other instructors who knew this does and has happened in the past as well. Apparently it’s a malfunction that exposes a problem in the skyhook design. Before going into great detail , what are your experiences and thoughts on this malfunction associated with the operation of the skyhook 

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It has nothing to do with the skyhook at all, the problem is the first stage of deployment is to collapse the drogue. The collapsed drogue theoretically has enough drag  to extract the main parachute, it however is not enough drag to remove the risers once they are cut away from the three ring nor the Velcro sandwich that holds the RSL in place so by the book in a bag lock the first step is to release the RSL, then cutaway, then clear the riser , then pull the reserve.  

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Yea what’s more interesting is the risers release but not the skyhook , keeping the riser and baglock attached to you . Here in lies the problem , I’m not a fan of main reserve entanglements, having survived one.

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I lucked out on my bag lock around 2010, the main stop passed me with the right riser still attached.  When it came to a stop that was enough to release the main from the d bag. It started to pull on the riser that crossed my body choking me. Finally cleared it and it dropped away. At that time the Manuel didn't state anything about clearing the risers before pulling the reserve. In the end the issue isn't the with the skyhook it is with the collapsing the drogue as the first stage of deployments and not enough drag to deal with the RSL or risers

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